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Poverty accounts for high level child malnutrition - Expert

Friday, May 19, 2017

Nigeria continues to record high rate of malnutrition as a result of poverty across the country, the Nutrition Specialist, United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) Philomena Irene has said.
Irene who made this known yesterday at a two-day UNICEF sponsored workshop with the theme, Investing in Child Malnutrition for the Future #StopchildmalnutritionNigeria in Yola, Adamawa State also said, most malnourished children come from poor home.

HMCAN explains position on the repealing of the NHIS Act

Friday, May 19, 2017
As the National Assembly commences the process of repealing the NHIS Act, the Health & Managed Care Association of Nigeria, (HMCAN )said the newly proposed Bill which is National Health Insurance Commission Bill, would ensure the regulatory agency focuses on the core function of regulation to expand the scheme’s benefit for more Nigerians.
“If there anything that has been affecting the growth of health insurance in Nigeria,it is the fact that the existing agency that is meant to regulate the scheme is operating as a regulator and operator,which is a major setback for the scheme,” Lekan Ewenla,the Publicity Secretary of HMCAN told BusinessDay in a media interaction.
Currently,less than 10% percent of Nigerians are covered by the health insurance scheme,raising further concern on Federal government’s effort of achieving Universal Health Coverage,and addressing poor maternal and child health concerns constantly threatening the country.

Nigeria: Beyond the Status Quo - Using Impact Evaluation Research to Drive Innovation and Improve Outcomes in Health

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This week's blog was co-written by the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) team at the World Bank. Here they share their experience at a workshop in Lagos sharing how Impact Evaluation (IE) can be used to assess how intervention projects are able to affect development outcomes. IE has become an important tool in evidence based policy-making, enabling development agencies and institutions to accountably evaluate development programme outcomes and assess their impact on people's lives.
"How can we achieve better health outcomes in Nigeria?"

Abolish Quackery In Health Sector To Arrest Untimely Deaths – NURHI

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Oyo State Team leader for the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), Mrs Stella Akinso on Wednesday asked government to immediately abolish quackery in the Nigeria health sector.
Mrs. Akinso made the call in Ibadan in Ibadan while speaking at a Media Round Table on ‘Save Motherhood’ organized by Development Communications (DevComs), Network in conjunction with NURHI.
Mrs. Akinso pointed out that in doing this, it is now time for the government in the country to impose stiff penalties on quackery in and across the health sector in the country.

Safe Motherhood :NGO seeks more investment in family planning services

Friday, May 26, 2017

Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), an NGO, has called for increased funding of family planning services to raise the level of contraceptive use to 36 per cent by 2018.
The organisation’s media specialist, Iliya Kure, said in a paper he presented to mark 2017 Safe Motherhood Week, that current national contraceptive commodities usage was slightly above 15 per cent.
The paper is entitled `Child spacing: Key strategy to reducing maternal death – time to act.’
He said, “‘Nigerian government is off the track at federal level and state level.

Family planning

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CCP believes that access to family planning is key to solving many of the world’s most pressing health problems. We were founded to improve access to family planning information and, to this day, family planning communication is at the heart of much of CCP’s work.
We partner with governments, donors, civil society, service delivery providers and the private sector to design, implement and evaluate health communication interventions that change social norms and behaviors around family planning use. Much of our work focuses on:

Organisation tasks nursing mothers on exclusive breast feeding

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has urged nursing mothers to observe the six-months exclusive breastfeeding for their children as a way of curbing child malnutrition in Nigeria.


The Organisation’s Nutrition Specialist in its Bauchi Field Office, Ms Philomena Irene, gave the advise at a two-day media dialogue on child malnutrition in Yola on Thursday.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dialogue was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

Ogun govt. vows to promote family planning programmes

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Ogun State Government has vowed to intensify efforts on policies and programmes that would enhance family planning services to further reduce the maternal and child mortality rate in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye made this known while playing host to the team from Pathfinder International, Nigeria and Executive of Advocacy Working Group (AWG), in his office, Abeokuta, Ogun state Capital

Children’s Day: Group wants implementation of child rights laws in Nigeria

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The international federation of women lawyers, FIDA, has called on the Nigerian government to address the infrastructural challenges militating against the future of Nigerian child, as the nation joined the rest of the World to mark the 2017 children’s day on May 27.
FIDA in a statement signed by its country director, Inime Aguma, called on all state governments in Nigeria to adopt the Child Rights Act, 2003 as well as the Violence against Persons Prohibition, VAPP, Act 2015.